President Banda has said God has taken former President Frederick Chiluba
away from some people who planned to lock him up if they take over
The President was speaking at celebrations of the Corpus
Christi Sunday at St Joseph Kanyama Parish in Lusaka yesterday.
weeks ago, some people said something careless about Dr Chiluba, that they were
going to lock him up. You see, this is what happens when you make careless
statements. God has called Dr Chiluba to be with Him, away from such people,” he
He was accompanied by First Lady Thandiwe and his twins Temwani and
Duniya, Vice-President George Kunda and his wife Ireen, Ministers Kalombo Mwansa
(Defence), Eustarckio Kazonga (Agriculture and Co-operatives), Catherine
Namugala (Tourism and Natural Resources), Deputy Ministers Lameck Mangani (Works
and Supply), Michael Mabenga (Lands)
and MMD national secretary Major Richard Kachingwe.
President Banda urged
Zambians to pray for Dr Chiluba’s soul and promote forgiveness.
beings, we must know that there is something wrong when we fail to forgive each
other. We have differences but we need to forgive each other. Where there is no
forgiveness, even families get ruined. We are mourning a great son of the
country who did a lot for Zambia,” he said.
The President said Dr Chiluba
liberated Zambia and gave it total freedom.
“Dr Chiluba wasn’t the
biggest of men but he was big. He wanted freedom, multi-political parties and
the nation still remained united,” he said.
Mr Banda said in 1991, many
people, regardless of political affiliation, were happy with the multi-party
politics introduced by Dr Chiluba.
And President Banda appealed to
Zambians to reject violence and leaders perpetrating it.
results should be the voice of the people because the voice of the people is the
voice of God,” he said.
President Banda said the Catholic Church can
decide the destiny of this country because the membership is big.
you to pray before you cast your vote. This is a trying year but Zambians are
ready to vote. This is a sacred day and we need peace during and after the
elections,” he said.
He said it is sad that some people were wishing that
the unrest in the Middle East could spread to Zambia.
“In Zambia, we are
very religious about our democracy. We should vote for someone who will look
after us all,” he said.
And President Banda said the message from Kanyama
Parish Priest Gabriel Mwanamwalye that refugees should be embraced, is
“We should welcome our visitors, however, poor we may be or
however poor they may be, because they are human beings,” he
President Banda said the dignity foreign nationals have been given
in Kanyama shows that the Zambian people are good and welcoming.
Zambians must learn from countries which have had conflicts, and remain peaceful
“Rwanda and Burundi have the same people; they speak the same
language and belong to one religious group, the Catholic Church. In Zambia, we
have 72 tribes but we are still blessed to remain together,” he said.
commenting on the challenges faced by Kanyama residents, as outlined by Father
Mwanamwalye, President Banda said he relates well to the problems the people are
facing because he comes from a humble background.
“I was born in a
compound. We were the poorest family; my mother never went to school, not even
for a day but my father went for a few years, so I know what poverty is. I have
taken note of the problems,” he said.
President Banda also urged
residents to insist that the leaders they elect fight poverty.
Father Mwanamwalye bemoaned the poor road network, drainage system and
sanitation which have contributed to annual outbreaks of cholera.
Mwanamwalye said the drainage system which was recently put in place has not
made a difference and called for a probe into the job.
He also bemoaned
the plight of refugees who are arrested without proper reasons.
his homily, Father Mwanamwalye urged politicians to reconcile and forgive one
“Let us be one, regardless of tribe or political affiliation.
Let us uphold our motto, One Zambia, One Nation. We can politick but we should
know that we are one. It is sad that some people even receive Eucharist but
their language is bad,” he said.
Father Mwanamwalye said the Catholic
Church loved and still loves first President Kenneth Kaunda, Dr Chiluba and Dr
Mwanawasa, and the incumbent President Banda.
“Someone who loves you will
compliment you when you perform well and correct you when you go wrong,” he
He said the Catholic Church stands for unity, harmony, peace,
justice and reconciliation. He said the Church is non-partisan and it will
“Let us pray for unity, harmony and peace in this election
year. Let us not just pray but also work for unity, harmony and peace,” he
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